2011 - Senior: Led off on floor at all 14 meets, including at the NCAA Championships, and hit 13 routines ... Recorded a season-best 9.825 on floor at the State of Illinois Classic to tie for third ... Also competed on balance beam at 11 meets and matched a career high with a 9.850 ... Notched four top-four finishes, including a second-place showing on beam at Missouri ... Earned the team's Scholar-Athlete Award along with Melissa Fernandez ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and Scholastic All-American selection.
2010 - Junior: Led off on floor at all 14 meets and recorded a career-best 9.850 on floor at the State of Illinois Classic ... Competed on balance beam in the final nine meets of the season and tallied a career-high 9.850 at the Big Ten Championships ... Had six top-five finishes, including a pair of runner-up showings ... Named team's Most Improved Gymnast ... Academic All-Big Ten and Scholastic All-American selection.
2009 - Sophomore: Exhibitioned twice on floor ... Academic All-Big Ten and Scholastic All-American selection.
2008 - Freshman: Competed twice on floor for the Illini with a personal-best 9.700 at Iowa/Michigan State.
High School/Club: Four-time Level 10 Regional Qualifier ... Placed 11th in the all-around at 2006 Region VII Level 10 Regionals ... Placed 13th in the all-around at 2005 Region VII Level 10 Regionals ... Top-four all-around finish at Virginia State Championships (2005-2007) ... 2005 State Beam Champion ... Two-time Level 9 Regional Qualifier ... Level 9 Eastern National Competitor, placing third on beam ... Competed for Ocean Tumblers Gymnastics ... Coached by Rick Walker, Erin Berry, Melissa Sutter and Casey Quinn.
Personal: Born May 10, 1989 ... Daughter of Pete and Pauline Perino ... Says she chose Illinois because "I loved the campus, the coaches, and the team. They were all so welcoming, and they were like one big family."... Majoring in psychology.
Samantha's Career Highs
The Perino File
Updated April 2011